Today is October 1, 2015 and is the day that the UK smoking ban in cars begins if you have children in the car. We can understand that drivers are a little confused over this new enforcement, and as such have many questions that need to be answered.
The new rules affects England and Wales and applies to a vehicle that is enclosed if you have anyone below the age of 18 in the vehicle. This means that if you have a convertible, then this law does not apply. If you are caught smoking with a child in the car, then police have the power to issue you with an on the spot fine if £50.
If you are the driver and another adult smokes in the vehicle with a child in the car as well, then you as the driver will be responsible, and so will get a fine for allowing that other person to smoke.
One of the many questions being asked is whether e-cigarettes are included in the ban on smoking in cars, and the simple answer to that is no.
What if you are 17 and decide to smoke yourself while driving? While you cannot buy cigarettes in the UK if you are under 18 years old, you are legally allowed to smoke them when you are 17. Therefore you will be allowed to smoke while driving, even though you are under 18. However, if you also have passengers in the car under 18, then that same law applies as above, and you will be issued with a fine.
However, we have already heard from the police that they will find it hard to enforce this new law, although you should not use that as an excuse to break it.